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A CRY For CECIL TAYLOR, My Avant Gardfather, 1929-2018

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 8, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Photo by unknown/illustration by Rick Frystak
 

Welcome back to The Choice Bin. It's 1973, UCLA's Royce Hall, a few notches up from what it is today satus-wise as there just weren't many halls to showcase serious music in '73. Big deal anytime or place, these artists in L.A. then, (like say, Stevie Wonder) so the town was abuzz. Cecil Taylor is here to play a solo piano recital. Lee has Rhino stocked. Lingerers linger. Jivers jive. Clowns clown. There's a festival vibe, it was called Newport Jazz Fest west or whatever. This night is just Cecil.

The concert begins. Each note, chord harmony, repetition, arpeggio, triad, cluster, question-and-answer; a sensation of logic and emotion. To some,''noise''. This man went to the New York Conservatory. Cecil is here in UCLA playing a huge 10-foot Bosendorfer piano and the paint is already coming off the walls. Folks are on the edge of their seats.

OMG, it's Cecil my main man, my idol in the ''out'' music. I have "all" his albums. I'm in the SAME ROOM with him! Tonight, Cecil has come from a whisper (he hadn't begun dancing out to the piano yet) to a brilliantly built mountain of sound.

It's getting more and more and more intense when all of a sudden, a man sitting almost dead-center STANDS UP,TAKES OFF HIS SHIRT and begins dancing and...YELLING!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing for a split second, but then that same feeling came over me, but I stayed in my seat. It was like a shot of adrenaline, more exciting than ANYTHING I'd ever heard, right then and there...the physical manifestation of the sounds we were hearing, driving us to yelling!

Some critics were not impressed. “Anyone working with a jackhammer could have achieved the same results,” wrote jazz critic Leonard Feather, in the L.A. Times.

Mr. Taylor left this planet one year ago this month. Cecil was respected around the world, winning grants and receiving fellowships year after year. In 2013 Cecil received the Kyoto Prize, a huge honor in Japan, equivalent to a MacArthur Genius Award. (Cecil is a past recipient of the MacArthur award). Alas, the Kyoto Prize, which amounted to $500,000, was embezzled and swindled from Cecil by a man posing as Cecil's business manager. Leonard Feather should have known that jackhammer operators don't usually receive half-million-dollar cash awards from foreign countries. Leonard had what is known as a,"chip on his shoulder" regarding music such as Taylor's, and the avant garde in general, but the Los Angeles Times dug his jazz criticism for many, many years, for their own reasons. Mr. Taylor had a huge impression on my own appreciation of music and all art, especially the avant garde that was outside the mainstream. I still get a flash of inspiration when I see even his photograph.

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Record Store Day 2019 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2019 09:05pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day at Amoeba SF, 2019
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato. Words by Audra Wolfmann.

On Saturday, April 13th, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores around the world, celebrated Record Store Day. We opened at 8am for the first time in our 12-year history of RSD-ing. This may sound crazy early, but we opened the doors to a line that went down Haight Street, around the corner onto Stanyan, and down to Waller! RSD limited edition releases is what this crowd of early risers was after. If you missed the boat on this holy day, fear not as we still have a few titles online HERE.

In addition to the RSD limited edition releases, Amoeba SF had DJs from 8am to 3pm, setting the tone for the shopping extravaganza. Massive kudos to all of our DJs (Maria Victoria & Dizzy Miss Lizzy of Black Rhythm Happening, Mario Muse, Carolyn Keddy, Smash Hunter, B-Side Brujas, Digital KitKat), but most of all to DJ Bearzbub who played a bitchin' 8am set that has us all dancing in the aisles.

Yes, another glorious Record Store Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you need to wait another year the celebrate the virtues of vinyl. All three Amoeba Music locations are open year-round, fighting the good fight and listening to the righteous tunes.

Here's some photos from Saturday. Please see the complete set HERE.
 

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2019 Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2019 07:16pm | Post a Comment

record store day at Amoeba Hollywood Recap

At Amoeba Hollywood, fans began lining up the night before for their shot at grabbing some of this year's most exciting limited edition Record Store Day exclusive releases. When we opened our doors this morning, we were impressed by the passion, dedication, and celebratory spirit of the folks waiting in line, many of whom have visited Amoeba on Record Store Day for several years in a row! 

Our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf were on hand bright and early this morning, serving up coffee and pastries to the the dedicated crew hanging out on the corner of Sunset and Ivar. Also pictured below is our newest t-shirt with a limited edition floral logo! This shirt made its debut on Record Store Day and is available in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood in sizes XS-XXL.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

RSD Customer in Costume

This dynamic duo celebrated their love for Record Store Day in style!

 

In addition to the usual slew of collectible LPs, 7"s, and picture discs, there were also day-long deals on used DVDs and Blu-rays (25% off). Turntables were 20% off (excluding the adorable and awesome RSD3 Mini Turntable). All mugs and used books were also 20% off.

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Top 10 Record Store Day 2019 Hip-Hop Vinyl [+ links to purchase @ 5am Sunday April 14]: Too $hort, Pete Rock, Ed O.G., RZA, ODB etc

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2019 10:21am | Post a Comment


Today is 2019 Record Store Day (RSD), the twelfth annual music holiday celebrating independent record stores all over including the three Amoeba locations (Berkeley, SF, LA) with all genres represented including, of course, hip-hop; a genre proudly born out of vinyl manipulation and sampling of records. This Amoeblog focuses on the best hip-hop vinyl picks for RSD 2019 including a top ten chart of this year’s exclusive RSD releases available at Amoeba. Note that while all are available on a first come, first served in-store purchase today, that many leftover titles will be available for sale online tomorrow (Sunday April 14th) from 5am local Pacific time. The Top 10 chart includes links to each of these but not that there is no guarantee that all of them will still be available tomorrow morning. Also note that all RSD sales, whether today instore or tomorrow online, are limited to one copy per title per customer.

While traditionally many RSD releases are reissues of long out of print on vinyl titles, special colored vinyl LP & 12" reissues, plus first time 7" pressings of previously released tracks there are also many brand new releases unveiled on Record Store Day or else released the day before (April 12) with an alternate version for RSD. This year these include such titles as the tight Vinnie  Paz  x Tragedy Khadafi Camouflage Regime LP via Jedi Mind Tricks and the Enemy Soil label plus the collaborative album from rapper Diabolic and producer Vanderslice and their anticipated album Collusion. Pictured right this is a must-get for any fan of roots hip-hop; IE golden era and nineties hip-hop layered with clever lyricism and soulful head-nodding production. Released via the always dependable hip-hop label Coalmine the vinyl for this new album comes in two different colors including two ‘pot luck’ color variants; Diabolic’s “Deviled Egg (white/orange color-in-color) and Vanderslice’s Hawaiian Shirt (white w/ blue and yellow splatter) with artwork designed by FRKO (Action Bronson), equipped with a dual-sided insert, as detailed by the RSD curators

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Tickets to Special Wax Trax! Events with Ministry & Cold Cave Available at Amoeba on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screenings

TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS: Purchase the Industrial Accident Record Store Day soundtrack LP in-store at Amoeba on 4/13.

** 2 VIP tickets will be included with the LP.

** The LP is available on a first come, first serve basis and will follow the Record Store Day purchasing setup at each store. There will not be a separate line for this LP.

** Supplies are limited. 

Please read all of the details below carefully.

One of the many Record Store Day releases we're excited about this year is the soundtrack to Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary follows the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records, the record store turned label that introduced the world to industrial music and bands such as Ministry, Front 242, and My Life With Thrill Kill Kult. The RSD release is pressed on blue vinyl, includes a 40-page book, and is limited to 800 copies.

In conjunction with the release, a few lucky cities will get special screenings of the documentary that also include a panel discussion, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave! The Bay Area event is on Monday, April 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. SoCal fans get their chance the next night, Tuesday, April 23rd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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